Compassion Intl

Around the World…

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…in who knows how many days? Em and I read a book during homeschool last year about a man in his hot air balloon who raced around the world, a race against the clock.  He wanted to beat a record. What if there were no time frame? What if the point was just to see […]

abundant life

Trekking Around the World

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Remember this? It’s been a while.  I wouldn’t expect you to, but I sure do.  One night, 5 years ago last November, we had gotten some yummy Chinese take-out and were sitting in Noah’s room at The Children’s Hospital.  As we finished up and started cracking open our fortune cookies, I grabbed one and said, […]

being real with God

Saying Goodbye

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It’s not something you ever really get used to.  Specifically I mean, saying “Goodbye” for good.  And by “for good” I mean until we meet again in God’s presence, but who knows when that might be? I get emails from friends, friends of friends, family, strangers, many different people who share a link to either […]

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Jealousy

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Have you ever been jealous of someones life? Maybe their circumstances, their title, bank account, seemingly problem-free family life? I just received a text from one of my best friends telling me that her sweet Grandma was now with Jesus. I’m not trying to sound overly spiritual, because actually, my initial response surprised me even […]

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Trivial pursuit…

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After Noah died I could never imagine myself thinking or acting on anything that didn’t have eternal value or a world changing after effect. Engaging in the day to day was a difficult task, not only physically but emotionally and mentally. I had difficulty having trite conversations or giving a rip about petty pursuits…yet at […]

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TIME

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The “Fall of Man” was for sure, by far, hand’s down the crappiest day since the dawn of TIME. I know there have been terrible, horrific, life-altering days throughout the history of the world that have affected more people than just the first two people loved wholeheartedly by the Creator of the Universe, but as […]

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Apparently…

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Apparently…stress brings about contractions…or at least mega–Braxton Hicks. Apparently…even though I have been trained throughout my life in different leadership settings to appear calm in extremely stressful situations, my body wasn’t trained as well. Apparently…the European pregnant ladies know a little something because a half a glass of wine (don’t judge me…) during false labor […]

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Exemplary

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Ry, I can’t write now but I just want to thank you for your profound example of life and love you lived on this earth… I can’t begin to explain how much Jason and so many others will miss you… You were a rock and a truly amazing man for your young years… Thank you…we […]

abundant life

My opinion…not yours…(raw guts post!)

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Recently I was interviewed for our local newspaper. The reporter and I talked for probably an hour and a half. After 15 minutes, however, his recorder died…he was obviously a good listener, though, because he was able to deliver the gist of the story. At some point during the interview I was sharing how generous […]

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What? Who? When? How? Why?

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I’ve neglected my blog for so long, Blogger made me log in! Listen Blogger, just because I want to hang out with my family and friends, go to the pool, ride bikes, watch the sunsets and snuggle with my kid doesn’t mean *you* have to act like *you* don’t know me! Anyway, a lot has […]